The week that was
DISCOVERY BARN REOPENS Piece by piece, Roosevelt Park?Zoo is returning to its pre-flood condition. The latest reopening was held last week for the zoo’s Discovery Barn. Built in 1997 by construction students from Quentin Burdick Job Corps Center, the building suffered major damage in 2011’s flood. Thanks to considerable financial help from Power of the Purse, the Discovery Barn is once again open for visitors. Fittingly, students from Job Corps again helped with repairing the building. The structure is used for a variety of purposes, from housing static exhibits to being the center for the zoo’s summer camps. The barn’s reopening represents another step toward recovery for the zoo, which has made great strides toward repairing and rebuilding all of its flood-damaged exhibits. There is much more work to be done, with the otter exhibit and the penguin exhibit, two of the major displays that have yet to be repaired. But those will be done in time, and we look forward to Roosevelt Park Zoo reopening in its entirety.
BANKRUPTCY While North Dakotans enjoy the financial benefits of the ongoing oil boom, the news that Detroit has filed for bankruptcy was a sobering reminder that not every area of the country boasts the same economic successes. The decision could mean the city of Detroit will have to lay off employees, cut city services and sell off assets. The city’s deficit is believed to be around $380 million, with long-term debt of as much as $20 billion. A shrinking population and the decline of the city’s once-massive automobile industry contributed to the city’s financial decline. The city has been using state-backed bonds to meet payroll for 10,000 employees. What happens from here is anyone’s guess, but needless to say the proud city faces uncertainty and hard work if it is to recover from what one resident called “an embarrassment.”